The recently unveiled statue of Greenville native, Charles Townes, the 1964 Nobel Prize winner in physics for his work on inventing the laser. Along with Mother Teresa, Dr. Townes is one of two individuals who have won the Nobel Prize and the Templeton Prize for religious advancement.
Dr. Townes, professor emeritus at Cal-Berkely, attended Greenville High, Furman University, and was born on his family farm just about three miles from this statue, where a hospital would later be built and became the spot where I was born, some 60 years later.
Note that the statue represents the historical moment where Dr. Townes, sitting on a park bench in Washington, DC scribbled some of equations necessary for invention of the laser, in this respresentation with a green light shining on the equation on the back of an envelope.
*Update* Dr. Townes died yesterday, Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the age of 99, in California – newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/01/27/nobel-laureate-and-las…